We hold free and heavily subsidised invertebrate workshops and webinars on identification, recording, curation and field craft to help boost the skills of beginners and experienced entomologists alike. These are complemented with drop-in sessions to facilitate mentoring and networking. We also run an invertebrate recording day programme to bring together the invertebrate recording community and facilitate improvements to baseline data coverage at selected important / under-recorded sites.

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Making and keeping a Diptera collection Webinar

5th March 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Led by Dipterist Nigel Jones, this is very much a webinar where participants can share their own “top tips” for useful techniques and saving money. The webinar will focus on pinned dry specimens.

Making and keeping insect collections is fraught with pitfalls and potential expense. This often prevents entomologists from making good reference collections. Lack of a good reference collection can be a serious hindrance to making accurate identifications of species. For those that do not have easy access to a good museum collection, the only option is to keep a private collection. In this workshop, Nigel will talk about making a Diptera collection. Many of the issues covered will be pertinent to other insect orders. The session will cover:

· the need for insect reference collections;

· preparing Diptera specimens for incorporation into a reference collection;

· labelling specimens;

· organising a collection;

· conserving a collection;

· storage;

· where to get equipment;

· ideas for saving on expensive equipment;

· suggestions for avoiding becoming overwhelmed by dead flies or other insects!

Nigel Jones is County Diptera Recorder for Shropshire. He also co-organises the Flesh flies – Sarcophagidae Recording Scheme, the Empididae element of the Dolichopodidiae, Empididae and Hybotidae Recording Scheme. He recently launched the Lance fly – Lonchaeidae Study Group.

Please book your space via Eventbrite and you will be sent information on how to join the webinar.

This session will run on Zoom. If you are new to Zoom you will need to create a Zoom account and download their software. This is all free and you can do so here:

You can use a laptop/desktop computer, smartphone or tablet and it isn’t necessary to have a webcam or microphone to participate.

Further info on how to join a zoom meeting can be found here.


5th March 2021
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
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